Miniature stand

Apr 29, 2011

Well yesterday was a day of one flight disaster after another so I ended up not being able to attend Ranger U. I am so sad about it but it was out of my hands. I got to the airport, baggage checked in, through security and flight delay #1 came up, then not too longer flight delay #2 came up, not too longer after that flight delay #3 came up and then BAM flight canceled as well as all flights to Newark. I was on the phone, internet and texting trying to figure out a way to get to Newark but it was just not in the cards for me. So here I sit at home waiting for my luggage to return to me and let me just say I’m a true Texas girl...

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Leaving on a jet plane…

Apr 28, 2011

I’m heading to Ranger U today and cannot wait to play all weekend with a group of friends I’ve never met, yet feel like I already know.  We have been emailing and planning for weeks. New Jersey just might not ever be the same again once we hit the streets. So while I’m gone I thought I would give you all a little something to create this weekend. “You R 2 Tweet” is now a free online workshop. I hope you have fun creating the mini banner. This is a class I taught at CHA when my book debuted at CHA-W 2010. You can use my book “Delight In The Details” to reference the techniques used in this project. The page numbers are included in the instructions. To gain access to the workshop click...

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My work in progress necklace

Apr 27, 2011

Remember this blog post about the Stanley Ruler Necklace. Well I’ve been adding baubles to it here and there and love how it’s coming together. I attached some Tim Holtz idea-ology Baubles and an Adornment Bird Charm as well as some keys I’ve had in my stash for quite a long time. I really like the eclectic feel of this necklace. Today, I’ll be packing for my trip to Ranger U and trying to get one more book project completed before I leave. If I do, this means I’ll only have 4 left to complete when I get home. May 9th is the final deadline then book #2 will be on it’s way to the editor....

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Flocked Flower Accent Pin

Apr 26, 2011

Ok I do have to admit… even though I love winter and the cold weather that comes along with it I do love Spring and Summer and all the colors. The heat I can do without but the colors I really do enjoy. This flocked flower accent pin is just a little something that can brighten up a necklace by attaching it to the side of a chain, or accenting a simple cuff bracelet by pinning it to a piece of lace or trim and tying it around your wrist. This little piece has so many wonderful possibilities. Supplies Used: White Flocked Flower Bunch (Vintage Street Market), Copic Marker – YR31 Light Reddish Yellow, Diamond Stickles, Cream Felt, Brown and White Baker’s Twine, Cream Self Adhesive 2mm Pearl, Fabric Tac, Pin Back Tools Needed:...

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Altered Chipboard Buttons

Apr 25, 2011

Here is a tutorial on altering chipboard buttons. These buttons can be used in so many great ways… on cards, tags, layouts, projects and altered art pieces. It is fast and can be customized with any theme you can come up with. Supplies Used: Maya Road Mini Chipboard Button Set, Book Page, Glue Stick, Creamy Brown Ink, Little Yellow Bicycle Love Letters Clear Stamp Set, Archival Jet Black Ink, Acrylic Block, Craft Knife, Sanding Block Instructions: Apply a glue stick type adhesive to the top of the chipboard buttons and attach to an old book page. Using a craft knife cut around the chipboard button, then sand the edges to make them flush with the button. Using a pencil or paper piercer punch through the button holes. Apply Creamy Brown ink to the edges...

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Happy Easter

Apr 24, 2011

‘Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.~Henry Wadsworth...

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Happy Birthday, to you!

Apr 23, 2011

Today, my sweet daughter Terri turns 23. Wishing you all the best life has to offer and more, Sweet Pea! Enjoy your day and see you tonight. I love...

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Coffee Cup Planter

Apr 22, 2011

Here is another project dad and I made while he and mom were up to visit. Using the Dremel we drilled a hole in the lower side of the coffee cup so water could drain, then I placed a few rocks in the bottom of the coffee cup, some dirt and my plant. Once it grows a bit more I’ll place it in a larger container like an old spice tin or something. Of course making sure to use my handy dandy Dremel to drill holes in the bottom of the tin. But until then it will sit in my kitchen window basking in the morning sun. Have a great...

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It’s Back!!!

Apr 21, 2011

Artistic Journey 2011 ~ Artful Memories featuring The Crafty Scrapper and Maya Road I’m so excited to be a part of this event again this year. So come share a weekend of fun, laughter and learning as it is going to be a blast. When Is The Event Scheduled And What Will You Get For The Price? The Artistic Journey will begin on September 30th (around 2 pm) and end on October 3rd (around 3 pm), 2011 at the home of The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, TX (approximately 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas). Cost of the Artistic Journey 2011 is $275.00. Included in this $275.00 price are: Three 3 hour classes with 3 teachers from the Maya Road Design Team Class kits chock full of delish scrapbooking products (just bring your basics) Full...

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Stanley Ruler Necklace

Apr 20, 2011

Here is something I made with one of the items dad brought me. It’s a necklace made from a 6″ Stanley Ruler. It started out as a bracelet but I was going to have to leave two of the pieces off and did not want to do that so a necklace it became. I must admit it was hard cutting that cute little ruler but I really like it as a necklace so now I’m over it. Sunday night, dad and I went to Lowe’s and got a Dremel. Oh the ideas I have swirling in my head. Dad gave me a quick lesson on how to use all the parts that came with it but I still think there will be many a phone call made his way. But I plan on making some...

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The parentals came to town…

Apr 19, 2011

Saturday, mom and dad came up for a quick visit and when they come they always bring fun stuff. Mom painted me a gorgeous painting that will reside in my scraproom soon so I can see it everyday. I love the colors and texture so much. I did  my best to get the colors correct but the lighting is not working with me too well this morning. The size of the canvas is 16 x 20 and will fill the space in my scraproom perfectly. Hanging on the green wall will really make all the colors pop nicely. I really like the simplicity of the three little birds sitting on the twig. The sides of the canvas are the same color. Then you have several different shades of beige, red and turquoise. Love, love,...

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Place mat Chalkboard

Apr 18, 2011

While I was in Joann’s the other day I was looking at all the Easter items they had for 50% off and found a big stack of pastel pink, blue, green and yellow die cut place mats. I kept looking at them thinking there was something I could do with them and then it came to me… make a chalkboard out of them. So I bought a few of the place mats along with a spray can of Chalkboard Paint. Once home,  I headed to the backyard and sprayed away. After the paint has dried for 24 hours you need to rub chalk all over the dried paint and wipe it off with a dry paper towel. After doing this you can then write on it. I cut a magnetic business card in 1/4’s...

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Pocket Favors

Apr 15, 2011

These Pocket Favors are perfect to hold all kinds of items to hand out at bridal or baby showers or birthday parties… really these are great for any holiday or special occasion. A group sitting in a bowl waiting to be handed out would look really cute. Especially, if they are all done in different but coordinating papers. Supplies Used: TP Roll, Jenni Bowlin Patterned Paper, Scallop Scissors, Glue Stick Adhesive, Sewing Machine, Cream Thread Instructions: Apply a glue stick type adhesive onto the back of your patterned paper and cover the TP roll with patterned paper. I used Jenni Bowlin’s 4″ patterned paper so I needed 2 sheets. Using a sewing machine  and cream or white thread, stitch the end of the TP roll as shown above. Now here is the tricky part...

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Paper Purse

Apr 14, 2011

I’ve had several emails sent my way asking how I created the paper purse in the Memory Makers Blog Bounce Creativity Blooms blog post. Below are the steps to create your own paper purse if you want. It’s easy to make. First you need to start out with a piece of paper cut to 8″ square. This is my favorite size. But the smaller your square the smaller your purse and the larger the square the larger the purse. Next fold the patterned paper in half by bringing the bottom point up to the top point. If you want a tight crease I suggest you use a bone folder. Bring the right pointed end all the way over to the left side of the triangle as shown below. Using a strong liquid adhesive attach...

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Vintage Style Portrait Charm

Apr 13, 2011

I love the Portrait Stamp Set by Maya Road as the images remind me of the silver charms that are on my grandmother’s charm bracelet. She has every grandchild and great grandchild represented and I can remember always looking at it trying to find my charm. I thought it would be fun to make charms of my daughters to put on a long necklace made from a piece of silver ball chain. I really like how vintage looking they turned out and plan on making more as gifts for friends. Supplies Needed: Foundation Chipboard Set, Portrait Stamp Set, Acrylic Block, Vintage Ledger Paper, Black Eyelet, Jump Ring, Glue Stick, Black Archival and Creamy Brown Ink, Glossy Accents Tools Used: Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Sanding Block, Crop-a-Dile, Pliers Instructions: Apply glue stick adhesive to the...

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Creativity Blooms

Apr 12, 2011

It’s time for another Memory Makers Blog Bounce. This time we got to play with all the products from the Making Memories Dilly Dally Line. This line is perfect for spring. I really enjoyed playing with their Patterned Papers, Alpha and Banner Stamps, Stickers and Rub On Pack, Alpha Shimmer Stickers, Glitter Paper Flowers, Fabric Flowers and Die Cut Butterflies. They are perfect to create spring cards, tags and projects. Once I got started creating I kept thinking of other cute things I could make and kept going and going. Really the Dilly Dally Line is so inspiring. If you want a chance to win a wonderful Dilly Dally Giveaway click here to find out more. I created a spring card using the patterned papers, stamp set and stickers. I cut the bird out...

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Paper Bag Easter Basket

Apr 11, 2011

I love the simplicity of brown paper bags and think they make the perfect Easter baskets. I remember making them in grade school and being so excited to bring them home to show mom and dad. This basket can be left plain or altered using patterned paper, stamps and inks or paint. You can carefully use any of the many Fiskars border punches to create gorgeous edges along the top of your basket or you could take a hole punch and punch a hole just below where the scallop meets, thread a ribbon through the holes and create a pretty bow by tying the two ends together. This simple basket has so many possibilities. I hope you share photos of the baskets you create as I would love to see them. Have fun creating....

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I will be making more…

Apr 8, 2011

This egg was really fun to make and was the perfect creative break I needed yesterday. I’ve been writing, writing and writing all week and can finally see the light at the end of that long, long tunnel. It wasn’t easy finding supplies to use so thank goodness I still have my fingers and a super worn out paintbrush. I plan on making a few more with different designs to fill the bird nests I made a while back. Okay, back to writing… just had to share my sweet little egg with you all. Have a great...

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A few more finds…

Apr 6, 2011

Yesterday, I decided to head to Frisco Resale for a little thrifting. Thrifting always does the mind good when you get writers block. It’s so fun to walk around looking at things and trying to figure out different ways of using them. While I was there I found two cute glass pieces to use for holding tools and smaller embellishments. I plan on using this dish to hold micro tip scissors, tweezers and smaller tools. And this dresser dish will store lots of vintage buttons. I love that the lid is monogrammed. It adds such charm to the piece. Have you had a chance to do any thrifting lately…. if not get out and do some… it does a lot of...

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Magnetic Board and Doily

Apr 5, 2011

Here is how I plan on using the tray I found a few weeks ago at Frisco Resale. Once my scraproom is cleaned up from all the book projects being created it will find a permanent home in there until then it will sit out in the living area. The button magnets are old buttons my dad attached magnets to the back of. They work perfectly on this tray and look adorable. I plan on using this tray as an inspiration board, receipt holder and what ever else I need to not misplace at the moment. I always keep the letter from my sweet Uncle Ed near by… he always has such wonderful words of encouragement and is so proud of my book. The doily flower magnet you see at the bottom of the...

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I survived…

Apr 4, 2011

Barely, but I did survive the taping of two videos Friday, while in Cincinnati. Glad that is over. But I do believe you are going to like the tutorials and now I know how I want to do some for my blog. Once they finish performing miracles in the editing room they will send me the videos to share with all of you. The week was super awesome and I am so excited to see this book come together. While talking to everyone there about the design and layout I could finally picture it coming together in my head. I’m going to be so proud of this book. It is exactly how I hoped it would be. Before I left for Cincinnati I made a few fabric flowers and thought I would show you...

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